And what could be better than this?
of the neo-con dream
By Paul Reynolds
World Affairs correspondent
The neo-conservative dream faded in 2006.
The ambitions proclaimed when the neo-cons’ mission statement “The
Project for the New American Century” was declared in 1997 have turned
into disappointment and recriminations as the crisis in Iraq has grown.
“The Project for the New American Century” has been reduced
to a voice-mail box and a ghostly website. A single employee has been
left to wrap things up… [emphasis added]
They saw the war in Iraq as their big chance of showing how the “New
American Century” might work.
They predicted the development of democratic values in a region lacking
in them and, in that way, the removal of any threat to the United
States just as the democratisation of Germany and Japan after World War
II had transformed Europe and the Pacific…
“Neo-conservatism has gone for a generation, if in fact it ever
returns,” says one of the movement’s critics, David Rothkopf, currently
at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, and a former official in the
“The US use of force has been seen as doing wrong and as inflaming a
region that has been less than susceptible to democracy.
“Their plan has fallen on hard times. There were flaws in the
conception and horrendously bad execution. The neo-cons have been
undone by their own ideas and the incompetence of the Bush
Good riddance. The whole project was a menance to